Nuclear Power Plants so vociferously encouraged in our part of the world pose major threats to environment and mankind. Tribal communities along the Narmada river in Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh (India) have organised themselves to protest against the setting up of such a power-plant in Chutka.
The protests against the chutka nuclear power plant is at the juncture of several issues cutting across concerns of predatory development, environmental alarms, forest rights and human rights,
forced displacements, and a continuing fight for justice.
This resistance against the Chutka Power plant is a part of a continued struggle against predatory forms of development that benefit only a certain section of the population to the disadvantage of those whose lands are acquired in the name of such ‘developmental’ projects. It is important to take cognisance that these struggles are not necessarily anti-development as they are made out to be in the popular imagination, but they actually question the politics of development that operates on a practice of unequal citizenship in the country.
WRN conceptualises this as a case-study of a community affected by conflict and injustice, and has been documenting their voices for justice.